Woods makes no excuses to golf's younger generation superstars

Putting woes slow Woods in PGA Tour event

"I tried to make sure I kept flexible, and then I started grinding and trying to get my muscle strength back and eventually my speed and I got them all back", Woods said. He got another par on the drivable par-4 14th but there was no reason to celebrate as he missed his birdie chance from four feet. He didn't birdie any of the par 5s after being in greenside bunkers on two of them and leaving himself a 6-foot birdie putt on the other.

"I've always been a pretty good putter all of my career, so that's something I've never really anxious too much about", Woods said. "Still need to continue to work on it and try to get sharp and hopefully this will be a good week". Woods was not touching the hole from distances that used to be automatic for him and, at the very least, should be near-misses for a PGA Tour pro. He parred his way around until missing a four-footer to bogey the par-3 sixth hole then missed a six-foot birdie bid at seven before making his closing birdie.

On the bright side, Woods is hitting the ball quite well with his new irons. Needless to say times have changes and Woods is still hoping to return to this peak form.

It was the putter that prevented Woods from being closer to the leaders at Quail Hollow on Thursday.

Starting at the 10th hole, the 42-year-old made bogey at the par-four 11th and dropped another shot at 14, although he negotiated the course's risky "Green Mile" without further damage.

For all the hoopla, the anticipation and excitement that came with Tiger Woods' first round at Quail Hollow Club in six years, there were few highlights.

On a day when the 14-time major victor needed gains, Woods managed only one on the final hole of his second round on Friday, which left him at two over par and right on the projected cut line.

This week marked Woods' first start since last month's U.S. Masters, where he arrived as one of the favorites after some encouraging results but ultimately finished in a share of 32nd place. "I struggled to make the adjustments today".

"Most of the golf courses I've played have been really hard setups, whether it's Torrey, LA., Honda, no one went low".

"I hit it all right", said Woods, who is tied for 37th. Although he's six shots back, Tiger is in prime position to make it to the weekend. "And I had defensive putts on most of the days. I've always been a pretty good putter all of my career, so that's something I've never really anxious too much about".

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